Scientific experts believe Fukushima crisis is far worse than gov’ts are revealing publicly — Equivalent of 20 nuclear cores exposed

Published: June 16th, 2011 at 11:33 am ET
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Fukushima: It’s much worse than you think, Dahr Jamail, June 16, 2011:

Scientific experts believe Japan’s nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public.

“Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind,” Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera. […]

Gundersen, a licensed reactor operator with 39 years of nuclear power engineering experience, managing and coordinating projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the US, says the Fukushima nuclear plant likely has more exposed reactor cores than commonly believed.

“Fukushima has three nuclear reactors exposed and four fuel cores exposed,” he said, “You probably have the equivalent of 20 nuclear reactor cores because of the fuel cores, and they are all in desperate need of being cooled, and there is no means to cool them effectively.” […]

“We have 20 nuclear cores exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potential to be released than Chernobyl,” said Gundersen. […]

Published: June 16th, 2011 at 11:33 am ET
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88 comments to Scientific experts believe Fukushima crisis is far worse than gov’ts are revealing publicly — Equivalent of 20 nuclear cores exposed

  • ocifferdave

    Since this is so HUGE and ongoing I really do want to move outta the N. Hemisphere, especially since in WA state. I’m on the fence for moving to southern australia or northern new zealand. Any pointers or insights on my conundrum?

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      WA state here too. No options available to us. Fixed income, barely making it. We DO have a credit card tho…lol! Charge it and leave the DEBT behind! I would go to Venezuela.

      • alexa

        Whoopie, Hugo Chavez is implementing a communist/ socialist regime in Venezuela. Unless you are willing to be an enthusiastic, active, communist party member, willing to go hungry if necessary in the name of communism, you are better off somewhere else in Latin America.

        • ocifferdave

          My wife has a political bone to pick with Hugo. Hugo came to her simple central american country and insulted her people right on live News while her then president Zelaya stood by laughing at his own people getting trodded on. She’s pissed.

        • cmarks48

          I just moved to Ecuador , where it is cheap, 1.48 a gal for gas, fish dinner is 3 or 4 $, people are friendly and I know people who are renting for 500 to 900$ a month. I drove from Arizona to Panama, shipped my vehicle to Columbia and drove to Ecuador. The currancy in Ecuador is the US dollar. I am glad I made my move

          • billgbg

            Yes, I lived in Quito, and just got back to Miami this January. I had a pretty good time there. You have 1967 prices for food–I regularly picked up heaping plates of french fries and salad for .70 cents at the burger stand near Calle Patria and 10 de Agosto, and used Internet for .60 cents per hour, and paid 1.70 for meals including desert, and saw brand new $200.00 Fender electric guitars. You can rent places for much less than $500.00 dollars, yeah, I’ll clean the place myself even, and you’ll find that the girls will actually chat happily with you no matter your age or looks…that right there is worth it. Also Ecuadorans don’t mind talking with us if we have poor Spanish skills. Try that with the Argentines…Also Quito is 55-65 degrees year round with no mosques, (mosquitos can’t fly 2 miles above sea level) and a government that despises the US military and the IMF…you cannot go wrong.

          • ocifferdave

            @cmark was it Fuku that got you to move? Friends? Family? Adventurist spirit?

    • alexa

      Immigration to Australia more difficult however unless you are a teacher or agricultural worker there are no jobs in New Zealand. If I could move, I would consider Australia.

      • BlackRain

        JOHN WAYNE
        “I’m not going to riot. I’m not going to riot. Oh, the hell I’m not.”

        MEL BROOKS
        “A riot is an ugly thing. And I think it’s just about time we had one.”

        GEORGE S. PATTON
        “All real Americans love the sting of a riot.”

        FULL METAL JACKET + STARSHIP TROOPERS
        “Riot like you had a pair. Do you want to be sheeple forever?”

        With thanks to Tony Wilson.

    • You need a hefty net worth/income to get residency in New Zealand and it is expensive to live there. Christchurch is still having aftershocks. Portions of the city will not be rebuilt.

      Australia is recovering from major flooding, drought and fires. Unless you are independently wealthy, it won’t be an easy move to either country.

      The oceanic conveyor belts will take much of the radioactive seawater to Australia/Asia. I cannot see how Australia will remain unscathed. I have read that radiation has already been found in Australia, too, though I haven’t seen any specific documentation to prove that.

      Solar flares, earthquakes, volcanoes – I cannot see any place that will be free of nature’s wrath.

      If you need to leave the Northwest, you might try checking south of Mexico. I live in Nicaragua and based upon the jet stream activity, I think we have stayed clear of radiation – or most of it. I might be deluding myself. Anyhow, Central and South America might be more affordable options.

    • alexa

      I wonder how much of the Vancouver fans’ burning spree was due to radiation effects on them (West Coast) (increased agresivity). Have not see such reaction after sporting events in Vancouver before:
      http://ca.news.yahoo.com/vancouvers-post-cup-riots-splash-chaotic-city-media-081437462.html

    • risabee risabee

      Not really enough water in Oz — try Tasmania.

    • Probable Koz

      officerdave, I hear your conundrum loud and clear. We are in western Oregon. I’ve been pleading with my wife to move our family to Australia for 2 months now. She’s on board but it takes a while, not moving nearly as fast as I want. I feel we’ll get there in a year and then we’ll look back and say, why did we wait so long? Why didn’t we just get on a plane, leave everything behind, walk away from the house, the debt, etc. and just get here? What are they going to do, deport us? That’s how desperate I am to get out of this daily bombardment of radioactive air mass. Every day I look at the jetstream… boom, bullseye.

      I have friends in NZ. They love it. He’s a hydrologist so his job was in demand. I hear it’s less expensive to live in NZ and easier to get in. Australia is expensive and harder to immigrate to. However, when there is a will there is a way. We actually had a 5-year plan to move there anyway, just love the country, and the ancient flora and fauna. Very primal place, esp. Tasmania. Our plans are accelerated now. The hard part is getting a job there. However, if it were just me, and no wife and 10-month-old son and 16-year-old stepson, I’d have been long gone by now. I’d be scrounging my way, picking fruit, being detained, whatever it took to stay there. No amount of money is worth staying in this area of the world for one day longer to me. But I’m feeling like I’m moving in quicksand trying to get us out of here.

      Also, as others have mentioned, the southern hemisphere will have some nice fallout too, but I cannot imagine it will be as bad as here. I could be wrong. I always understood the two hemispheres to take quite some time to mix their air. And like Kelly Ann said, the ocean knows no boundaries and it will be taken up in evaporation and dropped as rainfall. I’m thinking south central/southwest Australia would be my choice. Under normal circumstances, Tasmania would be it. Still might be. So hard to find any information on fallout in Australia.

      I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts here on Energy News.

    • billgbg

      You can easily move to Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is a good spot for many reasons. It’s the farthest south big city in the southern hemisphere, not counting Australia or Africa. (Africa is too difficult and Australia is too expensive)
      I lived in BA for two years..they speak Spanish, which is fairly easy to learn, the economy isn’t great, but the people are very forgiving with your living there. The government won’t deport you, heck, they barely even check your papers when police DO stop you for something. Most other countries will quickly deport someone who is living way past their standard 90 day visa. This means you have years to get your life back together without being hassled.

      Eventually the Fuku disaster will contaminate the entire world, but in the meantime, you can explore other lands, cultures, and climates. Down there, little exists to stop you from carrying on being free.

      • ocifferdave

        I like your idea! Wife and I speak spanish fluently and there is a darling Russian Orthodox Church in that city. Sweet thinking, dude! Thanks.

        • billgbg

          There is a famous Russian Orthodox church on the street fronting Lezama park in Buenos Aires. I would get lunch from them every weekday at noon. This is right above the Boca area of town. Saturdays and Sundays are like “swap meets” at the park with people selling things for super cheap. You walk on cobblestones that are a couple centuries old, see horse drawn trash trucks lazily trotting by–it reminds me of Disney’s Main street area at the Anaheim Disneyland, stuck forever in 1901…nice place to retire.

          • ocifferdave

            Wow, I can picture that. I was at the pueblo of Copan Ruinas in Honduras and it had cobble stone streets….very quant. Rode my first horse there.

            Hmmm…Alas my wife’s biggest reluctance is to give up her hard won US residency. In that case Puerto Rico seems the farthest away from Fukushima that I can think of and it has her native tongue as the common language there. Also, has benifits of a state with less responsibilities (taxes).

        • 1111

          Praise God ! Christ is risen !

          How many other orthodox viewing / commenting on this site I wonder …

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      There is nowhere to run. Stand and fight.

      • billgbg

        Fight what? Isn’t it obvious that most people in the world have a death wish? Whatever you want in the world, either be the change you expect, (Ghandi) or go to where it already is, (billgbg).

        Nobody can expect the nuclear industry to learn from this event in Fuku. I’ll give it one generation. One generation from now, people will be back clamoring for cheap power to watch garbage on televsion, and they’ll pay any price or bear any burden to do so, (yes that’s a JFK remark). Not until all the advanced humans on earth are dead– leaving Eskimos and the Ecuadoran natives to carry on for us–will the nuke question be fully answered as “never again”. I won’t be here then, but I will offer my mutated children as a guarantee of that statement.

      • fromtokyo

        there IS somewhere to run.
        at least if you live in japan…

  • itstomd

    Its complex with no solutions. We just don’t have the technology to fix this.

    I dunno I see the live shots and the guys walking around, it just does not look like they are taking it serous still. As if some alien life form is going to come down and fix it . Well its not and they have to move faster on this.

    This is going to take trillions to fix because new ideas need to be developed and quickly. In short time, this disaster may bring all the worlds powers together, once the effects start to be seen in the oceans and the entire world. Once billionairs find that their future will in fact be impacted by this, it should start a real massive effort to fix.

    So I think in the long run, their will be no choice, no choice that repair of this problem will become a world effort on a scale we have not seen before.

    It was done in a small way with the space station, many nations, now, that type of effort needs to be done with this issue.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Arnie’s take on the situation matched mine.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Doesn’t everyone get it yet?

    The first rule of F.D. is: you do not talk about F.D. The second rule of F.D. is: you do not talk about F.D.

    • Stacy

      LMAO! THAT is funny! I think I have to use this…do you mind?

    • SmokinAces

      The first rule of F.D. is: you do not talk about F.D.

      The second rule is really – “#2. Do not talk about rule # 1”

      Actually though we need to bring up FD (Fukushima Disaster) at every opportunity that we get to “interface” (inyerface) with government.

      The government inititiates lots of inyourface revenue generating opportunities for themselves, the most common being cops issuing Traffic tickets.

      The people who created the Fukushima disaster all need to be arrested, are we all agreed on that?

      Whose job is it to arrest people?

      Wouldn’t that be our taxpayer supported local and national cops?

      So the next time you’re pulled over for speeding, tell the cop you were in a hurry to get to where you were going because of life threatening radioactive fallout and you want to minimize your time in the exposed outdoor environment.

      Ask the cop to accompany you to the nearest FBI office so that you an s/he can report the crime of deliberate, deadly poisoning of mankind to the national authorities. Whoever up the line balks or resists in their duty to follow the constitution & do the right thing (protect and serve) should be arrested forthwith and indicted, unless they come clean and start naming names.

      Whichever cop breaks the chain of responsibility or otherwise fails to do their duty should have their names broadcast on this forum and as many other places as possible elsewhere.

      Now I’m sure there will be a regrettable “wall of shame” with lots of cop names on it, but hey, all we need is one good one to stand up for what’s right, right?

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    REPOST Hope you do this too enenews posters!!

    FYI
    WE (hp regulars) HAVE decided to send THAT LINK itself to our Rep’s TODAY. We’re hoping that Staff Members will read it and report ALL INFO to our officials.
    If you want to join us in doing that, it sure would INCREASE EYES on all the INFO coming from Japan.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/06/japan-earthquake-2011-government-radiaton-estimate-doubles-_n_871887.html

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      ANYONE WANT TO JOIN US? PLEASE! SAY YOU WILL! HOw else can we GET THEIR ATTN. Petition? Time consuming and basically worthless. But that HP thread is full of ALL THE NEWS about Japan. I can’t imagine our leaders sleeping through this…but maybe THEY ARE ASLEEP.
      HOPE YOU JOIN US SENDING IT. And join us posting there too.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Oh, and just to repeat, SFP 4 steam becoming visible on TEPCAM

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I see that. In my mind – it’s NEVER GOOD when it does that. MELT THROUGH/MELT DOWN. It’s all bad.

      • farawayfan farawayfan

        Probably represents a continuous boiling of coolant water. We can only see it when conditions are perfect, but that blowoff is occurring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since March and for the foreseeable future. Even low levels of radioactivity in that steam will eventually add up.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Looks like fog starting to mix in, but 4’s prodigious output still visible.

  • bfly

    is that steam coming out of the side of 1?

  • itstomd

    I think so, not enough water.

    • SteveMT

      Is TEPCO faking the live cam feed? What do the other believe? This should go viral, if true.

      • I was recording for an hour the rig – crane moving here and there on TBS / JNN stream, while nothing changes on TEPCO stream at all.

        The official Tepco stream site states that the video is delivered 30 seconds late. I guess it makes it very practical to insert a recording when there is something critical to hide from the public.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Posted just a few minutes ago:
    Reactor 4 Releases Cloud of Vapor From Spent Fuel Pool
    http://news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com/2011/06/reactor-4-releases-cloud-of-vapor-from.html

  • Anthony Anthony

    Finding The Future of Fission After Fukushima

    Young people entering the nuclear energy field retain their idealism about it

    Let’s say that here in June 2011 you are 22 years old and have just graduated from a four-year nuclear engineering program with your B.S. in hand and are looking at the future of the industry. What you want is a job and respect for the work you do.

    What you see is a workforce top heavy with people your parents’ age who are about to retire. That’s actually good news because every one of those retirements is a job opening in an otherwise dismal economy.

    On the other hand, what you also see is the rickety shape of the industry with aging plants, early closures, and the governors of several states determined to shut down major sources of their electricity supply because it comes from nuclear plants.

    The other thing you see is the growing legacy of now three major nuclear accidents affecting public opinion. Finally, what you also get as a 20 something are date nights where your companion for the evening rolls their eyes when you tell them what you plan to do with your life. Hey, whatever happened to plans for a career in something with less excess baggage?

    http://theenergycollective.com/dan-yurman/59323/find-future-fission-after-fukushima

    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

      Anthony:

      Don’t despair, the graduating Nuclear Engineer has a future in becoming a reactor, warhead and fuel processing plant DECOMMISSIONING specialist. Such a career will be around for many thousands of years all things being equal and if we aren’t extinct.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Pallas89juno:

        You’re right – decommissioning can become a HUGE business and career path, IF we get OUR way that is!

  • bfly

    I suspected the Tepco camera of being rigged.thank you, for the conformation of that.So that is why when the light of day appears the steam/smoke disappears.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Be fogged in soon. Still a nice view of the continuous blowoff at 4. No idea what the splotch near 1 was, hadn’t seen that before.

  • Some still beleive in …

    Nuclear Plant, Left for Dead, Shows a Pulse
    June 15, 2011
    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — Spider webs line the 50-story cooling towers, parts have been amputated for the scrap value of their nickel or copper, and the control room still has analog dials at Bellefonte 1, a half-built nuclear plant here that was shelved 23 years ago.
    the authority’s president and chief executive, said finishing it now would make more sense later. “Why nuclear?” he said. “Once you get the unit built, you’ve got inflation locked out.”
    Mr. Beaumont, the industry analyst, said that “based on cost, I absolutely think you can say it’s crazy.” But that assessment might change over time, he allowed…
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/business/energy-environment/16nuclear.html?ref=earth

  • Stacy

    Just started glancing through this thread and was amused to see others wondering where it will possibly be the safest to move; that was exactly the discussion in our house last night. It must be unnerving living in Washington, although not sure that most places are too much safer. *Last night we checked for land in Utah / southwest US and around there and found pockets that have surged in price. In short: If you are very wealthy then there is not a huge problem…..for now. I wouldn’t go to New Zealand, seriously believe they will be having more problems there.

    Thanks again for all the information you all share: Probably you are helping more people than you could even know. God bless..

  • California Dreaming

    @ ocifferdave re AUS or NZ
    I was an avid backpacker before having my baby, and had been in AUS and NZ.

    NZ
    Pro – Beautiful country with landscape similar to our coastal areas along Highway 1, neutral accent, modern and well run infrastructure, people are friendly.
    Con – Rains cats and dogs w LONG WINTER. If fallout from Fuku reaches southern hemisphere in 1 month, then you will get it in the rain. Earthquakes, but we get those in CA…

  • California Dreaming

    Cont’d
    AUS
    Pro – You can choose a city with less rain, more sun. Though in recent years, extreme weather pattern near Brisbane and Melbourne due to climate change. Might not want to live near mining sites.
    Con – AUS Dollar has high correlation with gold prices b/c mining. So if oil goes ^ then gold goes ^ then A$ will go ^. Not a cheap place.
    When I was there a few years back, you can get immigration pretty easily if you’re an accountant. Probably everyone is surfing on the beach, not enough accountants at the desk!
    With either AUS or NZ, wear lots of sunblock. Thin ozone due to sheep poop.

  • Anthony Anthony

    For Japanese, Faded Nuclear Fears Return with a Vengeance (Chibanippo Shimbun, Japan)
    Posted by WILLIAM KERN in Energy, Health, International, Media, Places, Politics, Science & Technology.
    Jun 16th, 2011

    http://themoderatevoice.com/113655/for-japanese-faded-nuclear-fears-return-with-a-vengeance-chibanippo-shimbun-japan/

  • Anthony Anthony

    EDITORIAL: It’s time for the people to speak out on energy policy

    2011/06/16

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    In a popular referendum held in Italy, more than 90 percent of Italians said “no” to the resumption of nuclear power generation in their country.

    With Germany decommissioning all its nuclear power plants by 2020 and Switzerland scrapping its reactors by 2034, the result of the Italian plebiscite was another instance of vehement opposition to nuclear power generation dictating politics in Europe.

    Since the March meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, public opinion has swung markedly against nuclear power generation.

    But how about Japan?

    http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201106150215.html

  • billgbg

    Alexa, Americans aren’t mistreated in Venuzuela I understand. You just can’t outwardly oppose the government. In that case they WILL cause you some grief. They’re socialist in a good way–the essentials aren’t allowed to increase in price beyond the average consumer. Myself, I would like to try Bogota, Colombia…it’s unofficially an “Axis of Evil” country, a bit like Ecuador, who don’t welcome the US military presense, but whose people adore us gringos no end. I did live in Ecuador for a short time, and can recommend that country fully. I met American Expats walking around on the street, Patria and 6th de Deciembre in Quito to be exact, where I was heard that people aren’t too happy with the American police state anymore. Senor Correa, the president of Ecuador, is young, vital and very Anti-American, so if he dies suddenly, we’ll know who’s behind it.

    • War Is Peace

      What country would welcome being occupied by the US Military…and who does like the emerging American police state? I wish I could afford to get the H out of here before the S really hits the fan.

      • extra knight

        same here nowhere to go nowhere to hide. if i could get to australia with just a song in my heart i would, but this was before i realized the scope of the contamination problem was not confined to the northern hemisphere, but something tells me the governments are going to have a change of heart after they finally realize the depth and scope of this problem.

      • billgbg

        Ecuador evicted the US military base with Correa’s comment: I will allow them back only if the US allows a military base for Ecuador in their country. He has guts saying that, and he survived a near coup attempt on September 29 of 2010. But he’s still there, as is Hugo Chavez, as is Raul Castro, as is Emo Morales (Bolivia)…all challengers to US military power and corporate dominance through the IMF.

    • alexa

      billgbg, thank you for the info. I never said Americans will be treated bad. However, in a socialistic society there may be nationalization of foreign currency owned by people living in the country (may loose all USD), to find the job as a foreigner you have to be very supportive of the regime, people in the country may go hungry themselves (on long term, once things advance towards Cuba’s system more). There is no good socialism, the same way there is no good capitalism.

      • billgbg

        The USA is in much worse shape than any other country financially. Smaller countries like Chile, Venezuala, and Argentina are better because US residents can receive their SSI directly through their bank, (you can still have a foreign bank account…HSBC, Bank of Bejing, British, Canadian, Chilean banks…whoever you think will survive) and places like Chile have their own deals with larger countries, and very good, inexpensive medical care.
        The US may not look in trouble just yet, but trouble is coming. The best thing I ever did was learn Spanish and get familiar with South America. I can fly there tomorrow and know precisely wher I am staying, eating, dancing, using Internet. Everyone in the US thinks it is so hard..boy it’s harder trying to work these days. Anybody tried that?

    • Rica E

      I was in Quito for the 07 election and I do like their style. When a leader proves himself to be a traitor to the people, all of the quechua and other tribes come off the mountain and march on the city and take them out routinely. There is the problem with the oil pipeline effing things up, and in the rural areas the dry season means constant burning of grass and forrest into a choking haze. Also those beautiful cindercones like cotapoxi are active and let you know it. I went to the galapagos on that trip, and if I could I would move to porta ayora on the island of santa cruz. The way humans and animals coexist in that small town would be fairytale to most people.

  • California Dreaming

    Hey, how about the US!!! We have 2 reactors in southern CA that can only withstand a 7.0 !!!

    @ ocifferdave — if you can tolerate the pollution, you can consider Bangkok Thailand. Much cheaper, good food. You can do a visa hop by taking a bus ride to Thai Cambodian boder, and be back in BKK in the afternoon. Outside BKK, Chiangmai in the north or the southern beach towns have milder climate. Very laid back. You get most of the rain (and hot weather) from summer through October. Get the Lonely Planet Guide.

    • lordkoos

      Another WA state resident here. :^(
      Thailand has always attracted me esp. Chiang Mai, however the Thai policy towards foreigners settling is not great, you can’t own land and you have to constantly renew the visa. Although undeveloped, Cambodia and Laos seem to have potential.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Dade Moeller Assists NOAA With Radiation Protection Aboard Research Vessels Operating In The Pacific Ocean
    Posted on 06/16/11 at 1:00pm by webmaster

    Dade Moeller Assists NOAA With Radiation Protection Aboard Research Vessels Operating In The Pacific Ocean

    In response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant situation in Japan, Washington-based radiation protection firm Dade Moeller has developed a comprehensive Radiation Protection Program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to ensure the protection of crew members and scientists aboard its research vessels operating in the western Pacific Ocean.

    Richland, WA (PRWEB) June 16, 2011

    Read more: http://www.benzinga.com/press-releases/11/06/p1174721/dade-moeller-assists-noaa-with-radiation-protection-aboard-research-ve#ixzz1PSmFxpHB

  • Anthony Anthony

    Canada lifts all restrictions on Japanese foods as radiation fears eased
    General 6/15/2011 12:19:00 PM

    TOKYO, June 15 (KUNA) — Canada has lifted all restrictions on food and animal feed imports from Japan, becoming the first country to withdrew all restrictions on the Japanese food following the March nuclear accident, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said here.
    Since April 1, Canada had demanded documents to verify the safety of all products imported from 12 prefectures affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, prohibiting any products from entering into the nation without acceptable documentation or test results.
    However, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency removed the controls effective Monday, according to the ministry.
    “Following an assessment of the results of both domestic and international actions, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency no longer sees the need for routine testing imported food products,” the Canadian agency said on its Website, noting that all food products tested were found to be well below Canada’s radiation limits.
    The agency also said it will continue to review documentation provided by importers, while Canadian officials will continue to collect and assess intelligence from Japanese officials, Canada’s mission abroad and international authorities.
    “As well, Japanese controls on the sale of contaminated product remain intact,” it said.
    Still, 40 countries and territories continue to restrict food imports from Japan following the nuclear accident triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (end) mk.rk KUNA 151219 Jun 11NNNN

    http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2174045&Language=en

  • Anthony Anthony

    Japan struggles to attract tourists

    By Chico Harlan, Published: June 15

    TOKYO — Beth Reiber, the freelance writer responsible for the set of Frommer’s guidebooks on Japan, felt lucky just to get on the plane. Her editors had canceled plans to publish a Tokyo guidebook for 2012, thinking it didn’t make sense to spend all that money to publish a book that nobody would buy.

    But Reiber pushed back and gave them the same message that Japan is struggling to give the world: Tokyo remains radiation-free and just as safe as always.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-struggles-to-attract-tourists/2011/06/13/AG67h2VH_story.html

  • itstomd

    So far, this is what Tepco has come up with to cover the reactor buildings.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL64pivaCMg

  • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

    Fort Calhoun far worse! NUCLEAR DISASTER BLACKOUT!!

    http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1493.htm

    • Anthony Anthony

      Brutal Terranignma1!

      ***June 16, 2011

      US Orders News Blackout Over Crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant

      By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

      A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a “total and complete” news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant [photo top left] located in Nebraska.

      According to this report, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant suffered a “catastrophic loss of cooling” to one of its idle spent fuel rod pools on 7 June after this plant was deluged with water caused by the historic flooding of the Missouri River which resulted in a fire causing the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) to issue a “no-fly ban” over the area.

      Located about 20 minutes outside downtown Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant is owned by Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) who on their website denies their plant is at a “Level 4” emergency by stating: “This terminology is not accurate, and is not how emergencies at nuclear power plants are classified.”***

      • Anthony Anthony

        ****Obama’s fears of the American people turning against nuclear power, should its true dangers be known, appear to be valid as both Germany and Italy (whose people, unlike the Americans, have been told the truth) have turned against it after the disaster in Japan and vowed to close all of their atomic plants.

        Perhaps even more sadly for the American people is this report stating that the Obama regime is “walking in lockstep” with Japan in their attempts to keep the truth of nuclear accidents from their citizens; which in the case of the Japanese can only be labeled as horrific as new evidence points to them knowing within hours of the Great Tsunami that their atomic reactors had melted down, but have only today ordered an evacuation of pregnant women from what are called “radiation hotspots.”

        With a country that some scientists are now warning may soon become uninhabitable due to radiation damage, and with reports of mutant rabbits and radioactive whales now being reported, one wonders if in knowing the truth the American people would really want to follow Japan’s “example” instead of those people in Germany and Italy?

        But, with an already documented 35% increase in the infant mortality rate for American mothers living in the western coastal regions of the US caused by radiation blowing onto them from Japan being ignored by these people there doesn’t seem to be much hope for them. ***

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Tepco timelapse videos missing…
    probably someone posted this before somewhere, but I just noticed that the Tepco timelapse videos from 00:00 – 01:00 and 01:00 – 02:00 are missing on the youtube link.
    http://www.youtube.com/fuku1live
    What did I miss??

  • For anyone still following the Tepco live webcam scam i have posted another longer video that gives better view of the huge crane at the end.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8W4Cc79YG4